J. Soze is the new breed of MC rising from the underground. Complete with cunning rhymes, dangerous curves and a sharp wit, J. understands what it means to be female in America today. She is living proof that you can indeed destroy the master's house with his tools or at least get a better room. I'm not different from male artists, but being female, people automatically judge my music differently. Since it is inevitable that people are going to do this, I've tried to use it to my advantage, J. explains.
Joy J. Soze Frederick grew up in Harlem, NY, attending in her early years a predominantly white private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After being expelled (for poor grades), she was transferred to Wadleigh public high school in Harlem. Forced to deal with the obligatory culture shock, she became a chameleon. Adapting to harsher situations, learning to fit in and, in turn, survive. She started rapping in the 10th grade, honing her skills on the street, rhyming with boys from the nearby projects and learning the games that they played on girls. She was determined to set herself apart from the females who would fall for these tactics, without alienating her boys.
J. learned that beauty is a resourceful tool; coupled with intelligence it can be the ultimate weapon. People assume that you can't be beautiful and smart at the same time. They see a pretty face and assume that there is nothing behind it, said J. When I was performing at a show in CT, the other artists kept asking me whom I was dancing for. They were shocked when I jumped on stage and started spittin' rhymes. However, both beauty and intelligence entitle you to membership in a sort of secret society- beautiful people group together, just as intelligent people group together. I have an all-access pass to both clubs.
She grew to become what the girls on her block were not- an alluring young woman who not only hung with the boys, but could also spit ill verses and hold it down in college. She was a hard rock in a soft package. However, it wasn't until J. met two vital members of her team- her manager and the head of her production company, that she realized the potential in her music.
Dealing with universal human experiences- love, addiction, frustration, sadness, aggression- in a uniquely personal way, J. has a genuine talent for telling stories so vivid that she seems to be speaking directly to the listener. Intimate and immediate, J. couples stories of urban living with powerful thoughts on the state of life and greater society. My music is inclusive of who I am, explains J. Instead of becoming frustrated about certain situations, I am blessed to have an outlet for self-expression and I hope to touch people with my words. I am not different from the people on my block. We have all survived the good and bad and I think that the music I make speaks to these common experiences.
With some powerful producers contributing beats on her debut album, (Ron Amen Ra Lawrence, Yogi, Needlz, EZ Elpee and more) fierce rhymes and infectious charisma, J's debut has all the makings of a classic record.
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